Here at our drug and alcohol treatment center in Philadelphia we recognize that addiction is a family disease. Not only is the individual who is using drugs or alcohol affected, but their loved ones are as well. Families often need to heal and grow together, with each person in the unit developing a sense of wellness and rebuilding healthy relationships. Luckily, no one has to go through this process alone. There are many resources available for loved ones looking for help and support as an addict/alcoholic recovers. The following groups and resources are available in the Philadelphia area:
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon
Al-Anon and Nar-anon are support groups that seek to help friends and family of those with drinking or drug problems.
The groups enable those with similar experiences to come together for the purpose of sharing strength and hope with each other, so that they too may recover from the havoc often wreaked by the addicted lifestyle. For family members that may be too young for the traditional Al-Anon style group, Alateen is a similarly structured program that is age appropriate.
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)
Loved ones of addicted individuals often find they have become co-dependent on either each other or on the person who is using.
Co-dependency is defined as “excessive emotional or psychological reliance on another person, typically one who requires support due to an illness or addiction.” The primary goal of CoDA is to help those that are struggling to develop healthy relationships through the process of self-discovery and boundary setting.
Individual and Family Therapy
Loved ones of an alcoholic/addict may wish to seek professional help to overcome the issues they have faced in dealing with another’s addiction. Individual counseling sessions, as well as family therapy are always available options. To find a list of counselors in the Pennsylvania area visit Psychology Today